Books That Took Forever to Finish

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. Of all the books you've ever finished, which one took the longest to read? Why'd you keep putting it down? Why'd you keep picking it up?

2. Last week, we discussed your grammar pet peeves. How about grammar rules or style guidelines you refuse to follow? A few years ago, I got an email from a reader complaining that I used "website" as opposed to "Web site." I think the world has come around on that one.

3. I am typing up this week's questions on a bench inside New York's Chelsea Market. A surprisingly large tour group is learning all about the building's history, including the age of the clock. Now people seem to be posing for pictures with the tour guide in front of a fruit store. What are some interesting guided tours you've taken?

4. This last question is for the teachers, just because I'm curious. If you have Facebook profiles (or whatever—Friendster), do your students and their parents send you friend requests and messages? Do schools have policies on that kind of thing?

Enjoy the weekend, and an early Happy Mother's Day!